Highways England’s Roads Academy Programme will be delivered by Coventry University.
Now in its seventh year, the Roads Academy is a joint initiative from Highways England and the roads industry, which offers leadership training and development opportunities to those individuals and organisations who are members of the academy.
The University’s commercial arm, CU Services Ltd, will now deliver the Academy’s two-year programme. It is designed to develop leaders across the industry, from engineers and project managers to contractors and consultants, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to tackle the twenty first century challenges facing the sector.
Over 130 people have already passed through the programme, which combines practical leadership workshops with the latest thinking from academic experts, and which culminates in a formal postgraduate certificate in leadership and management.
Jeannine Mortlock, managing director of CU Services Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to have secured the contract to deliver the Roads Academy Programme. Highways England’s role in overseeing the network is a substantial challenge as the needs of users, the associated technology and environmental considerations evolve.
“To be entrusted with the sector’s flagship leadership programme is an honour and a huge responsibility – but we believe we’ll rise to the challenge and can’t wait to get started.”
The first intake of students to be taught by Coventry University will start in March 2017, shortly before the scheduled spring opening of its new National Centre for Transport and Design.